Each year, about 300 people, commonly called thru-hikers, attempt to hike the entire trail from end-to-end. The trip usually takes between four and six months. Around 180 people complete the hike each year. Most thru-hikers start from the Mexican border and reach the north end of the trail before the first hard snow. Hikers pick up supplies along the way, usually packages sent to them via mail. Most hikers cover about 25 miles (40 km) per day.
Directions: Nearest cities: Sisters, OR (20 miles NE)-or-
Bend, OR (20 miles E)
Directions: Parks Creek Trailhead (6850 feet)
This popular trailhead is reached via a paved road
approximately 30 miles from the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station.
Heading south on the PCT, hikers will enjoy a relatively level
2.5 mile section of trail to Deadfall Lakes and the intersection
of the Sisson-Callahan National Recreation Trail. From this
intersection it is 4.5 miles south on the PCT to the Toad Lake
overlook and side trail. From Toad Lake it is 6.5 miles along
the crest of the Trinity Divide to the next designated trailhead
above Gumboot Lake.
Directions to Parks Creek Trailhead. From Mt. Shasta City,
drive north on I-5 to the Edgewood exit north of Weed. Cross
under the freeway and turn right on Highway 99 toward
Gazelle. In 0.3 mile, turn left on Stewart Springs Road and
drive 5 miles. Just before the resort, turn right on Road 17 and
cross over Parks Creek. Stay on this narrow paved road for
approximately 10 more miles to the summit of the divide. The
trailhead is signed and located on the left side of the road. The
PCT begins at the south end of the parking area adjacent to